Bad Kid

Written & Performed by David Crabb

Directed by Josh Matthews

July 9 - August 1, 2015

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm
Additional performance Monday, July 13 at 8PM

Tickets $18

Bad Kid is the story of a Goth boy who dreamed of being anywhere but the middle of Texas in 1991. Preferably somewhere in London wearing fishnet gloves and a cape while standing alone in the rain. In this funny and moving examination of rebellion, sexuality and friendship, David Crabb reflects on what it means to grow up different and alone, just like everyone else. Bad Kidt is based on the true story of a Texas teen who navigates his outcast adolescence in a goth-obsessed, drug-fueled haze. It is a candid and hysterically honest examination of what it means to grow up different and alone.

Since its premiere performance at Axis Theatre in 2011 Bad Kid has played in a variety of venues in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Austin, TX. Harper Perennial will release a memoir based on the show May 19, 2015.


Stage Manager: Regina Betancourt
Light Designer: Amy Harper
Asst. Light Designer: Holly Kirk
Sound Designer: Steve Fontaine
Set Designer: Chad Yarborough
Set Construction: Chad Yarborough, Mike Bajor
Stage Crew: Kavon M. Dasher, Justice Perez
Website & Graphic Design: Ethan Crenson/Red Shift
Photography: John Painz
Publicity/PR: Blake Zidell & Assoc.
Box Office/House Manager: Jacob Lowenherz

AXIS COMPANY
Artistic Director - Randy Sharp
Producing Director - Brian Barnhart
Executive Producer - Jeffrey Resnick

For more information about BAD KID visit the official website at Bad Kid The Show.



David Crabb is a performer, writer, teacher & storyteller in New York City. He is a Moth Story Slam host and three-time Moth Slam winner. His solo show BAD KID was met with critical acclaim (Advocate, Flavorpill, NYTheatre) and named a New York Times Critics' Pick. The show has been performed in NYC since 2011 & completed a sold-out run in Virginia in 2013 and Austin, TX in 2014.

David was one of 7 performers chosen by Time Out New York for their 2013 New York Comedy Festival line-up. The Wall Street Journal praised him as a performer capable of guiding a crowd "from belly laughs to pin-drop silence."

David is currently lead instructor in The Moth's High School Slam program. He has coached performers and directed shows at NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) & the People's Improv Theatre (The PIT). David has taught storytelling with Kevin Allison's The Story Studio, Manhattan Comedy School, Washington DC's Story League & NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2012, the New York Times showcased one of his classes in their Arts Section. David also serves as a writing mentor for veterans across the country with The Writers Guild Initiative's Wounded Warrior Project.

David is the co-creator/producer of the live storytelling series ASK ME. He has been a member of NYC's Axis Theatre Company since 2003, developing original material in New York, Paris and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He most recently performed in the company's Drama Desk-nominated "Last Man Club" and "Nothing on Earth".



Josh Matthews is a performer, director and teacher and a graduate of the Dell Art'e International School of Physical Theater. Josh has been a proud member of the teaching artist ensemble for the New Victory Theater for the past 10 years. He has worked with Cirque Productions, The Denver Center of the Performing Arts, The San Diego Rep., Axis Theatre Company, Third Rail Projects, The Big Apple Circus and Spellbound Theater. Josh has been a member of the theater ensemble Under The Table for the last 10 years. With Under the Table, Josh has created six productions and has toured and taught nationally as well as internationally. Productions include Solo: A Two Person Show, The Only Friends We Have, Wow How Human, Monster (both Monster and Wow How Human were in conjunction with Denmark's award winning theater Filuren), Field of Schemes, Brave Same World and The Hunchbacks Of Notre Dame. In addition to acting and teaching Josh was most recently performing in Third Rail Projects production Then She Fell (New York Times top ten pick of 2012 from Ben Brantley).


  • David Crabb - photo by John Painz
  • David Crabb - photo by John Painz
  • David Crabb - photo by John Painz
  • David Crabb - photo by John Painz
  • David Crabb - photo by John Painz




“...so endearingly enjoyable.”
The Village Voice
“Growing Up Gay, Goth and Generous - 'Bad Kid' is a New York Times Critic's Pick”
The New York Times
“To sit in an audience and listen to David Crabb tell a story, is to think to oneself, 'Ah, yes: Now that's how it's done. Here's a man with an unfair amount of talent.' It's lucky for him, and lucky for those of us who get the chance to watch him work.”
—Sara Barron (Humorist/Author, "People Are Unappealing")
“...the veteran storyteller...bring(s) to life his colorful cast of characters. His narration reveals patchy snippets of memories that are as hilarious as they are astute, and as delightful as they are heart-wrenching.”
—New York Metro
“...an actor's tour-de-force...a dazzling entertainment and an off-kilter but entirely heartfelt reminiscence that we're lucky to eavesdrop on.”
—NYTheatre.com
“At Axis, ‘aggressive surrealism’ immerses, engages, messes with you”
—Downtown Express
“'Bad Kid' is hilarious and heart-wrenching. You'll fall in love with the wonderfully colorful cast of characters that David Crabb brings so fully to life. A true spellbinder, Crabb weaves together all the adventures, discoveries and jolts of his crazy life as a goth kid back in the day when Morrissey was...queen.”
—Kevin Allison (MTV's "The State" Risk!)
WATCH the trailer for BAD KID